Bollinger County volunteer, donation, survivor information

A good number of volunteers are out today in Glenallen, helping clean up the damage from the Wednesday morning tornado
Published: Apr. 5, 2023 at 3:07 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2023 at 12:01 PM CDT
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BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Volunteers have opportunities to pitch in after a tornado hit Bollinger County, and survivors have resources to help during their recovery.

A tornado touched down before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5.

Sheriff’s Office update

A multi-agency resource center will be open Thursday, April 13 at the Bollinger County Health Center Safe Room, Highway 51 North in Marble Hill.

Crews continue to work in and around the Glenallen area and throughout Bollinger County.

If you are in need of help anywhere in Bollinger County, you are urged to call the community health worker at the Bollinger County Health Department at 573-238-2817. This can include, but is not limited to, clean-up services, clothing, food and gas vouchers, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, bedding, etc.

According to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, the Patton Lions Club established a supply warehouse at the Heartland Industries warehouse on Missouri Highway 34 West beside Crader’s Distributing.

They said Equipment Share is still in Glenallen at the intersection of Creek Street and Old Glenallen Road in front of the Post Office. They will be giving out free lunches and dinners.

Property cleanup

AmeriCorps St. Louis organized and led the efforts this past week, but as of Sunday, April 9, efforts have been limited.

The parking lot can be accessed using either the last entrance to the school property on the left off of Highway 34 west if travelling from Marble Hill or the first entrance of the school property on the right off of Hwy 34 west if travelling from Glenallen.

All volunteers are urged to meet at the Woodland Elementary School gym at 8 a.m. for assignment.

Volunteers should make contact with property owners before starting cleanup on private property.

Residents who would like help in cleaning up can call 211.

Free, portable showers will remain established in the white trailer on Creek Street. They say these are available for any resident affected by the storm.

Americorps crews from St. Louis will help coordinate volunteers and may use school buses to take them to the damaged areas.

If you are a property owner affected by the tornado and need help cleaning your property, you can contact the Bollinger County Health Center at 573-238-2817.

Facebook Group for Lost & Found Items

A Facebook Group is hoping to help victims of the tornado find any lost items.

You can join the group here.

Heartland Cares Tornado Relief

When you designate Bollinger County Tornado, 100 percent of your donation goes toward Salvation Army relief efforts in the county.

You can text STORM to 51555 or visit Look for “Bollinger County Tornadoes” on the donation page.

Cape Girardeau City Water Dept. Food Collection

Alliance Water Resources is collecting non-perishable, easy-open foods and disposable plates and utensils for the Little Whitewater Baptist Church Food Pantry.

They’re collecting:

  • Pull-top canned food (primarily meals such as Ravioli, Spaghetti-Os, stew, soup, Vienna sausages, chicken & dumplings, etc.)
  • Ramen, oatmeal/grits packets, jerky, and cereal
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned proteins such as fish, beans, and meats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Paper Plates/Bowls
  • Plastic utensils
  • Disposable cups

You can drop items off at the water department office at Cape Girardeau Public Works building, 2007 Southern Expressway (right/west door) during normal weekday business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They say they will not be accepting clothing donations at this location, at this time.

Red Cross

According to Governor Parson, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Marble Hill Baptist Church, 502 Broadway St., for those affected by the tornado.

Grace Fellowship Family Worship Center

Grace Fellowship Family Worship Center is offering care packages, which can be picked up at Bank of Missouri and People’s Community Bank.

They are delivering some supplies, but they also have a pickup area in Marble Hill, 205 Pluto Street, behind Black River Electric.

“I know people have troubles and struggles all the time, but it is so important for people to come together and show the love, not just the Christians and the church community, but it’s the whole community that has come together and it’s so important because you never know that person that’s been devastated that you’re gonna minister to or that you’re gonna help out even if it’s just a bottle of water,” Pastor Monnie Jones, with Grace Fellowship Worship Center, said.

United Way

The United Way of Southeast Missouri created a Bollinger County Recovery Fund for relief efforts. How the funds are used will be determined by United Way’s Community Investment Committee.

“United Way connects people with resources, and a tragedy like this is when our mission becomes even more critical,” Elizabeth Shelton, Executive Director of United Way of Southeast Missouri, said. “We encourage anyone who can help to give, with our promise that all donations will stay in Bollinger County to help these families.”

To give to the recovery fund:

  • visit their site here
  • text BOCO to 26989
  • give via credit card over the phone at 573-334-9634
  • mail a check to the United Way’s office at 1417D, N. Mt. Auburn Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • give at the Bank of Missouri in Marble Hill

East Missouri Action Agency

The East Missouri Action Agency has set up their mobile unit at Woodland R-IV School District for Wednesday and Thursday.

Volunteers can drop off essential items to the East Missouri Action Agency at 403 Parkway Dr. Park Hills, MO 63601.

You can also give on PayPal.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank

SEMO Food Bank will hold a mobile food distribution at 11 a.m., Friday, April 7 at First Baptist Church (502 Broadway) in Marble Hill for neighbors impacted by the storm. In addition to shelf-stable food, size 5 diapers and dog food will be available.

For emergency SNAP assistance, the food bank’s SNAP outreach coordinators can help with an emergency benefit application. You can call 573-471-1818 or email